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Eng 315 African American Literature : Welcome


Welcome to the African American Literature Guide!

This guide is geared towards undergraduate students taking English 315: African American Literature course and is intended to introduce you to a variety of reliable resources useful in conducting research on African American literature topics. 

Being aware of the literary time periods that categorize the development and characteristics of African American literature can be useful as you conduct your research.  In general, these literary time periods are:

  • The Literature of Slavery and Freedom, 1746-1865
  • Literature of the Reconstruction to the New Negro Renaissance, 1865-1919
  • Harlem Renaissance, 1919-1940  (also known as the New Negro Movement)
  • Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, 1940-1960
  • The Black Arts Era, 1960-1975
  • African American Literature after 1975

Click on the tabs at the top to discover scholarly e-journals focusing on African American Literature, encyclopedia and other reference works, databases for locating research articles, critical essays, credible websites and subject heading and keyword suggestions to get you started in your search for books and other African American literature materials. 

Please note this guide is not exhaustive. It does not list all of the resources or categories available on African American literature, but will function as a good tool as you move along in your research.